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  • Hitler's last gasp! Kamikaze Doodlebug with room for a PILOT that was the Nazis' [tr]

    06/22/2017 6:32:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2017 | NIck Enoch
    An incredibly rare Kamikaze version of Adolf Hitler's deadly V1 terror weapon is about to go on display at a British museum 47 years after it was saved from the scrapheap - and restored in Germany. The piloted Doodlebug was effectively a suicide bomb packed with one ton of explosives in its nose. Towards the end of the Second World War, some 5,000 V1 rockets, the world's first cruise missile, were launched by the Germans to bomb London, causing massive loss of life.
  • Hidden Trove of Suspected Nazi Artifacts Found in Argentina

    06/20/2017 3:06:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 20, 2017 | DEBORA REY
    In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler and magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas. Some 75 objects were found in a collector's home in Beccar, a suburb north of Buenos Aires, and authorities say they suspect they are originals that belonged to high-ranking Nazis in Germany during World War II. "Our first investigations indicate that these are original pieces," Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich told The Associated Press on Monday, saying that some pieces...
  • Fred ‘Earl’ Smith, Pearl Harbor vet, former Santa Rosa Junior College instructor, dies at 94

    06/09/2017 8:17:45 PM PDT · by rey · 6 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 9 June 2017 | CHRIS SMITH
    The day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, an 18-year-old sailor named Fred “Earl” Smith, quite a baseball player, took the infield for two intra-Navy games. Smith and his shipmates from the battleship USS Tennessee took on the team from the Arizona, then from the West Virginia. The first game was close, the future Santa Rosa Junior College instructor recalled in an interview in 2015, until he hit a home run. “It won the game against the Arizona,” Smith told Hawaii Public Radio. “The West Virginia, we stomped ‘em.” The Navy baseball players partied that Saturday night...
  • Army veteran, 92, finally gets his high school diploma 73 years after he was drafted into World...

    06/08/2017 7:10:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 8, 2017 | AP
    FULL TITLE: Army veteran, 92, finally gets his high school diploma 73 years after he was drafted into World War II and had to drop out A World War II veteran has received his high school diploma - more than 70 years overdue. WNEP-TV reports that 92-year-old Elmer Shinskie had attended Shamokin Area High School until the 10th grade, when he was drafted into the Army and sent overseas. Shinskie finally received his high school diploma Wednesday and got a standing ovation, cheered on by his wife, two daughters and their families. Scroll down for video
  • HALYARD MISSION VETERAN LT. COL. MILTON FRIEND REMEMBERS GENERAL MIHAILOVICH ON ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

    06/06/2017 1:17:27 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 4 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | June 6, 2017/June 6, 2010 | Aleksandra Rebic/Staci Sturrock
    Aleksandra's Note: On this website you'll find much information regarding Lt. Col. Milton Friend of the USAF, particularly in the way his life path has crossed with that of Serbia's legendary General Draza Mihailovich, both before the General's death and decades after his passing. Lt. Col. Friend has been directly involved in the effort to establish a monument in Washington, D.C. honoring General Mihailovich and his saving of over 500 American airmen in WWII, and in the Mihailovich rehabilitation process in Belgrade, Serbia that ended successfully in May of 2015. I'm reposting a news story here from 2010 in honor...
  • Extraordinary colourised photos bring D-Day landings(T)

    06/06/2017 9:13:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | 6/6/2017 | Sophie Roberts
    EXTRAORDINARY photographs of the D Day landings have been colourised to mark the 73rd anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in history. Brazilian artist Marina Amaral has transformed the images in remembrance of one of the turning points of World War II where experts believe 4,400 allied troops lost their lives.
  • World War II Training Film for Spies

    06/05/2017 10:59:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1944 | OSS
    A WWII training film for American spies by the OSS (wartime predecessor of the CIA).
  • Ceremony Marks 73rd Anniversary of D-Day Landings

    06/05/2017 10:38:25 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    Defense.gov ^ | 6/5/2017 | Army Spc. Kelsey M Little
    SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France, June 5, 2017 — "There are moments in a nation's history when its future course is decided by a chosen few who walked bravely into the valley of the shadow of death," Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Iron Mike Memorial here yesterday. "In such moments, young men and women pledge their lives so that their nation can live," said NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and the commander of U.S. European Command. U.S. Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and the 82nd Airborne Division; French,...
  • A 'Eureka' moment: How Andrew Higgins landed himself on the U.S. Navy's radar

    06/04/2017 2:57:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 32 replies
    THEN: In 1939, the U.S. Navy awarded the relentless Andrew Higgins with a contract to build his Eureka boats for the military. Despite his now-famous contribution to the U.S. effort in World War II -- most notably his Higgins landing craft, a later version of the Eureka boat -- the path to this contract was bumpy and difficult, something that only someone as determined as Higgins could overcome. Although the New Orleans boat builder had successfully sold his boats to the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers, the Navy was more interested in developing its own technology than testing...
  • The Hession Rifle

    06/04/2017 9:25:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    The American Rifleman ^ | 23 August, 2012 | Frank Miniter
    Predictably such restrictions reduced the number of firearms in law-abiding citizens’ hands. Then came the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940. As the German war machine advanced, the British Expeditionary Force evacuated back across the English Channel. The retreat was costly. In their haste British troops abandoned most of their equipment. The massive loss of military arms, combined with the fact that the English people had been mostly disarmed, left the British people almost helpless before the advance of the Third Reich. Luckily, they had gun-owning friends across the Atlantic. In 1940 a group of Americans, headed by C. Suydam...
  • At age 111, America's oldest veteran is still smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and loving life

    06/03/2017 3:59:20 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 41 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 2 Jun 17 | Brendan Meyer
    AUSTIN — Richard Overton is right where he wants to be. He’s sitting in a lawn chair on the front porch of the Austin home he built nearly 70 years ago, working on his fifth Tampa Sweet cigar on a 91-degree sunny day. The smooth tunes of the Isley Brothers flow from a portable speaker. Birds are chirping in the late afternoon breeze. “I’m feeling pretty good today,” Overton says, emphasizing the word pretty, because any day spent on this porch smoking cigars is a pretty good day for the 111-year-old. This is where you’ll find the nation’s oldest veteran...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/29/2017 6:51:58 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 18 replies
    Self | May 29, 20127 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services within eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. These civilians become warriors confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by missions completed or a fixed deployment time. The infantryman was enveloped within a most deranged, barbaric, and brittle existence against a resolute enemy where victory often...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/29/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 49 replies
    Self | May 29, 2017 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services within eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. These civilians become warriors confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by missions completed or a fixed deployment time. The infantryman was enveloped within a most deranged, barbaric, and brittle existence against a resolute enemy where victory often...
  • 25 Heart Breaking Images Of Bombers That Didn’t Make It Home

    05/02/2017 6:19:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    WARBITZ ^ | May 2, 2017
    The strategic bombing campaign during WWII cost the lives of roughly 160,000 Allied airmen and 33,700 planes in the European theater alone. We have collected incredible images of the last moments of World War II bombers. Wherever possible we have added information to the images about the crew’s fate.
  • THIS WAS GENERAL DRAZA MIHAILOVICH

    04/27/2017 2:44:21 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | April 27, 2017 | Aleksandra Rebic
    THIS WAS GENERAL DRAZA MIHAILOVICHThere is no grave site. There is no marker for his remains. It is as if they wanted to remove him not just from the earth but from the history of his country and the consciousness of his people. But they failed. Nowhere is this more evident than in those hills of Serbia they call Ravna Gora. And it is in those Ravna Gora hills where the true soul and spirit of Serbia can still be found. July 17th is an important day for those who knew who he was and what he did. His name...
  • FDR’s Antisemitism Doomed Over 200K Jews To Die At Hitler’s Hands

    04/27/2017 4:41:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | April 26, 2017 | Jeff Dunetz
    Typically, when one asks a Democrat about FDR they immediately develop a sense of awe that reminds me of those little green aliens (undocumented space men?) in Toy Story every time they see Buzz Lightyear.” AHHHHH!” I’ve never understood the reverence for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He gets points for picking great Generals and led this country to victory in WWII. But he totally mismanaged the economy, making the great depression longer…in 1937 unemployment spiked again reaching 19% (the previous high was 25%), his freedom-sapping policies never did get this country out of the Great Depression, and don’t forget that he...
  • Jasenovac victims honored at former death camp site

    04/26/2017 1:05:08 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 11 replies
    B92 ^ | April 24, 2017 | BETA
    Photo: TanjugJasenovac victims honored at former death camp site Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday attended a commemoration for the Jasenovac victims, held at the site of one of the death camp's largest killing grounds. The camp in Donja Gradina - now a town in the Serb Republic (RS), in Bosnia-Herzegovina, near the border with Croatia - was formed in 1942 as part of the Jasenovac complex of concentration camps, operated by the Ustasha regime of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH). By the end of the Second World War and the disintegration of this Nazi-allied entity, hundreds of...
  • Allied Powers Knew About The Holocaust Two Years Before They Discovered Camps

    04/18/2017 10:50:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 113 replies
    The Forward ^ | Naomi Zeveloff | April 18, 2017
    The Allied Powers knew about the Holocaust two and a half years before they intervened, newly accessed documents show, according to a report in the UK’s Independent newspaper. The U.S., the UK and the Soviet governments had even prepared war crime charges against Adolf Hitler and head Nazis, aware that at least two million Jews had been killed and another five million were under threat, but in the end did little to stem the bloodletting. “The major powers commented [on the Holocaust] two-and-a-half years before it is generally assumed,” Dan Plesch, the author of “Human Rights After Hitler,” told The...
  • Remembering Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian, Halyard Mission Hero, as Winter turns to Spring

    04/17/2017 4:02:26 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    www.generalmihailovich.com ^ | April 2017 | Aleksandra Rebic
    Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian, O.S.S. and Aleksandra Rebic "Forgotten 500" Halyard Mission Reunion / Michigan June 2009. Photo: Rebic collection.This year, 2017, the world will be marking the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War Two, the era of the "Greatest Generation". For me, one of the measures of a man who dies is how deeply the loss is felt in the hearts of those who knew him, and if they didn't know him personally, were affected by his work or by his existence on this earth in a positive way. WWII OSS radioman Arthur "Jibby" Jibilian was short in...
  • How the U.S. Assassinated the Japanese Admiral Who Planned Pearl Harbor

    04/17/2017 7:37:05 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 137 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/16/2017 | Michael Peck
    Some sixty-eight years before U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, America conducted an assassination of another kind. This time, the target wasn’t a terrorist. It was the Japanese admiral who planned the Pearl Harbor operation. But the motive was the same: payback for a sneak attack on the United States.